For the second consecutive year, the United States Women’s National Team took home the World Cup title, but don’t the squad to take their talents to the White House to celebrate with President Trump.
In the midst of playing for the World Cup, Megan Rapinoe went trending on social media after a video surfaced showing her saying she wasn’t going “to the fucking White House.”
During an interview with David Marchese of The New York Times, Rapinoe spoke on the topic of not wanting to sit down and have a conversation with the President, stating she is not “naive” enough to think she can change Trump’s mind.
“I watched you on Anderson Cooper’s show, and you said you were only looking to talk with politicians who “believe in the same things that we believe in.” Don’t people have a responsibility to at least try to talk with those who don’t agree with them? Isn’t that part of how change happens?
A lot of people have said, “Why don’t you make a demand of the president that he’ll sit down and talk with you if go to the White House?” But I’m not going to be naïve and think that I’m going to sit down with Trump and he’s going to change his mind. There are children locked up at the border who are dying, and that’s not fazing him. So why would I faze him?”
Rapinoe was one of the first athletes to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick back in 2016, but the team has since put rules in place that forces all players to stand during the National Anthem. She now stajnds with her hands placed behind her back.